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Change. I've learned to embrace it, ride it out til the end. Sometimes I'm kicking and screaming, other times weeping with my eyes clinched tight. Once in awhile I ride like a dog in a car, head out the window snorting what life has to offer. Mother to young adult children, a marriage of thirty years, and a desert to mountain to valley waltz with God have shaped me into someone I never imagined I'd be. Life is short and I want to live it. Tears, sighs, laughter and change. Every morsel granted to me. Scrambled, shaken or stirred.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Scribbles and Scrambles ~ Thirty Day Vegan...Day 7

Okay meatloaf fans. Here's the scoop.

I looked at seven different "meat"loaf recipes. There was something I didn't like in each of them so I combined the best each had to offer in measurements that seemed to be consistent. Here's what I came up with. And the parenthesis will be things I'll be changing in my next batch and why.


1 Cup Black Beans (or half a can, mostly drained)
1/2 Cup Mushrooms
1 Carrot. (Next Time: I will chop the tip off and dice in tiny bits, then toss the remainder in the processor)
3 Garlic Cloves (Next Time: 4)
1 Cup Brown Rice (also Next Time, I will add an additional 1/3 cup rice)
1 tsp soy sauce or Br
agg's Liquid Aminos (Next Time: 2 tsp)
1 TBSP Lemon Juice
1/3 tsp dried celery
1/2 tsp salt (Next Time 1 tsp)
3 TBSP chopped onion (Next Time: 4 TBSP)
2 TBSP ground flax seed, in 1 cup of water, let sit for 10 minutes. (Next Time I will use 1 Cup of salsa or 1 Cup of pasta sauce).(This is a binder and replaces eggs)
2 TBSP of sun dried tomatoes (Next Time: 3 TBSP or Kalamata olives).
1/4 Cup favorite nuts

Blend in a bl
ender or food processor but not too much. A few whirs will do.
Add 1 tsp dried parsley (Next Time Cilantro if using salsa, or Italian seasoning if I use pasta sauce.)
Add the additional 1/3 cup rice
And 1 Cup Old-Fashioned oatmeal (1/4 additional Oatmeal)
And add the carrot bits.

Grease a loaf pan. Place the contents in the pan. Bake at 350 for approx 45 minutes.

The texture of my trial loaf was a little too blended. I think the additional rice, oatmeal and carrot bits, and a lighter blending touch will help.
The taste was pretty bland. Goodish, but bland. So I will increase the flavor quotient. It was pretty easy. Lots of ingredients. But once I am satisfied with the results it will be easier to throw together.

And, Kim, I so didn't take any comments of yours as snarky. I know I tend toward crazy. And this is the new crazy trip we have embarked upon. Glad you are enjoying the ride. And who knows, you may develop a hankering for Booger Tea. wink. wink.


e.m.b. said...

Pray tell....what is "Booger Tea"...I lean towards the crazy too. I might like! :) Your "meat"loaf looked excellent!

EER said...

your meat loaf...what shall I say....uuuggghhh!!!maybe tasting is believing...cause reading didn't work :(

Kelly Klepfer said...

e.m.b. Booger Tea is what Kim called my Kombucha. And, girl, I'll share my Mother. She's getting huge.

And EER. Have faith. I'll get it meatloafy if it's the last thing I do.

e.m.b. said...

Ah! The Scooby! Yes....looks like a booger. I agree. But, a very tasty looking booger. Well, next time I'm back home, maybe I'll take you up on the part-of-the-mother offer!

Kelly Klepfer said...

Hmmm. As long as it's legal to transport mother over state lines. Maybe I should look into that. : ). Hate to have you get pulled over transporting a huge alien booger without the proper paper work. : ).

My mother is your mother. And I found a website that told me that I can trick "milk" kefir grains to act like water kefir grains. There is a new experiment on my counter as we speak. So I can give you bottles of all sorts of nasty looking things.